Scenic Area Car-Free Transport Options

Want to do your part to help take care of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area? A great way to minimize your impact is to carpool or travel car-free via public transportation. Visiting the Gorge on public transportation is easier than ever. Check out these options below and get familiar with what services apply to your needs. In addition, there are commercial shuttle and e-bike options in the area as well that you can easily find online with a quick word search! 

Columbia Gorge Express

The Columbia Gorge Express offers daily bus service between Portland, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks and Hood River, OR.

Hood River CAT 

Columbia Area Transit (CAT) provides bus service in Hood River and connects to other regional centers including The Dalles, Cascade Locks, Parkdale, and Portland. View the CAT transport schedules:

The Forest Service Hood River Office stop is called “Waucoma Center” and is along CAT’s Hood River route. The bus stops in front of the Forest Service building.

Mt. Adams Transportation

Mt. Adams Transportation Services (MATS) shuttle runs between White Salmon/Bingen and Hood River, and one shuttle runs between Goldendale and The Dalles. For fixed route schedules, go to

Fixed route shuttle buses run Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a set schedule and stops. There is no bus service on holidays.

The fare is $1 each time you board the bus. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dog Mountain Shuttle

This spring, Columbia Area Transit (CAT) will be providing shuttle services to and from Stephenson, WA.  A permit is included when visitors take the CAT Dog Mountain Shuttle from/to the Skamania Fairgrounds in Stevenson. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. The shuttle runs about every half hour from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and Memorial Day from April 29 to June 19 (Juneteenth). For more information, please visit:


Portland Tri-Met maps show all the places people can get to from Gateway Center: select options to find relevant schedules and plan your visit.

View from Wauna Viewpoint looking east March 2015.